Graphic artists/designers are employed in many different industries in which the need for visually stimulating designs is necessary. They may work at advertising companies or may work in web design, entertainment, and many other fields. Graphic artists/designers are fortunate in that they are free to work with their own creativity and ingenuity in coming up with new ideas and producing visually appealing products.
Graphic artists/designers work with a multitude of tools, including computer programs, drafting tables, specialty paper, and a large assortment of different pens and pencils. They must be able to work creatively while making their ideas fit in with the image that the company they work for wishes to project. They may work in different departments of a business such as marketing or production, but they usually work among a team of people with the same title. Graphic artists/designers report to the supervisor or director of their department, so a marketing director would be an example of their boss. Their work environment is frequently inside of in an office or boardroom. Working hours are generally regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Requirements for becoming a graphic artist/designer are a bachelor's degree in graphic art or design and a portfolio of works produced. Many jobs also require previous job experience in the field.
Graphic artists/designers are fortunate in that they may work with the ideas they dream about, while others may think of these ideas as just fantasies. Their ideas may spark a large boost in sales depending on what industry they work for, and sometimes they may even revolutionize methods for design. Graphic artists/designers are involved in much of what people see in their lives on a daily basis.
Graphic Artist / Designer Tasks
- Determine size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and select style and size of type.
- Use computer software to generate new images.
- Develop graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and internet websites.
- Confer with clients to discuss and determine layout design.